Resources

Talking with a school principal about SRE/RI/CRI, at school orientation for new families, or in teacher training

Click here to download a PowerPoint on ‘Why should parents choose SRE/RI/CRI for their child?’

Click here to download a PowerPoint on ‘How can SRE/RI/CRI benefit your school?’

Click here to download a sample Letter to Parents

Click here to download Essential Advice from a Teacher

Click here to download ‘Tips to Inspire your SRE/RI/CRI Teaching’

Click here to download ‘Questions for Schools Before the Year Begins’

ICCOREIS (inter-Church Commission on Religious Education in Schools) has produced an informative 3-fold flyer to give to parents at orientation day to explain about SRE/RI/CRE and why it’s important to indicate something on the enrolment form.

Click here to register with the name of your school and how many you would like.

You are encouraged to approach your school principal and request permission to give them out. Why not ask to be able to speak for three minutes about the benefits of SRE/RI/CRE.

GodSpace has also produced a double-sided DL postcard for you to give to parents, explaining the content of our curriculum. If you are interested in getting some of these please send us an email, saying where you are from and how many you would like.

Click here to download About Choosing SRE/RI/CRE – Sample Flyer for Parents

Click here to download About GodSpace – Sample Postcard for Parents

Special assemblies (Quizworx)

It is important that all special presentations or assemblies meet the requirements to be in a school and that all people involved adhere to the policy and procedures for schools.

We partner with Quiz Worx whose assemblies, lessons and songs collaborate with, and are approved resources for our curriculum.

Quiz Worx live puppet shows are endorsed for use as a special lesson for Christmas and Easter assemblies, as well as throughout the year in conjunction with the curriculum. The content of the live shows and supporting media has been reviewed and deemed to be in line with current pedagogy practices and is age appropriate for ages 4 -13 years of age.

Quiz Worx is committed to providing presentations in a sensitive manner, which is educationally sound and faithful to Christian teaching. GodSpace also endorses the use of the associated resources for use and distribution within the live shows and may be used as supporting media to be used with the curriculum.

An overview of their Scope & Sequence will be coming soon for 2019.

To contact Quix Worx for more information please check out their website: https://www.quizworx.com/

Downloads

Click here to download Answers to Questions Children Ask

Click here to download Questions About Santa

Click here to download Questions About the Easter Bunny

Click here to download Fast Finishers easy Find a Word (click for solutions)

Click here to download Fast Finishers hard Find a Word (click for solutions)

Click here to download Fast Finishers easy Word Block (click for solutions)

Click here to download Fast Finishers hard Word Block (click for solutions)

Click here to download Curriculum Assessment Checklist

Songs and music

Due to copyright restrictions we can’t reproduce manuscript music but if you go to the song writers/producers’ websites you will often find the info and/or links you need. Please click here to see explore some of the different options for music that are authorised for use with GodSpace.

Also many CD’s are ‘enhanced’ these days and have the scripted music on the CD that you may print if you own the CD.

Teaching tips

The GodSpace weekly Teaching Tip helps you hone your skills and learn new ones. Click here to sign up for Weekly Teaching Tips.

Curriculum training

Training and tips for GodSpace are included in the curriculum. This is an important part of GodSpace and is included in the lesson overview of every lesson.

For further training for SRE please see the different options that we offer for SRE Training: https://nswactbaptists.org.au/sre-training/

Tips for planning your year

Whether you teach a school SRE/RI/CRE class, run a kids club or disciple a children’s group on Sunday mornings you’ll do it better if you plan your sessions ahead.

Gather your team and make up a calendar

1. Mark the 2019 School dates

2. Mark any special dates (Christmas/Easter assemblies, mission program, visiting speakers, school excursions, combined events)

3. Allocate lessons from the GodSpace Lesson Manual to the remaining dates, taking note of Christmas and Easter and lessons that lead up to them. (Unit 2 for Easter, Unit 8 for Christmas)

Some groups like to have a revision lesson at the end of each unit. See Power Tools for Revision Lessons.

Partnering with prayer

Pray for SRE/CRE/RI/CRI/Scripture in Schools

  • Pray for the many classes being done in schools – that message of God’s Word will be clear and relevant to the children.
  • Pray for Coordinators who are needing people to fill classes. The need is great.
  • Give thanks for thousands of volunteers who go into schools each week.
  • Pray for excellent, Godly communication between churches and schools.
  • Pray for great relationships to be formed between teachers and school staff.
  • Give thanks for the support of principals and school SRE Coordinators.
  • Pray for teachers who need extra training to be effective. Pray that it will be offered in their area soon and that they’ll tap into it.
  • Pray for the families we teach.
  • Pray for students with special needs.
  • Pray for the the SRE/SEE Officer employed by the DEC who is working with ICCOREIS to get gain a better understanding of SRE.
  • Pray for the outcome of the SRE/SEE Review.

Pray for Kids Clubs who use GodSpace

  • Give thanks for all the kids whose only contact with a Christian person is kids club. Pray that they’ll make the choice to be Jesus’ friend.
  • Pray for children who struggle to relate well to their peers and leaders, and for wisdom for the leaders in showing them God’s love and setting expectations.
  • Some groups would benefit from extra leaders. Pray for the best ones!
  • Pray for increased interaction between leaders and the kids’ parents.

Pray for Godspace

  • Pray for the Advisory and Visionary Taskforce who help us look to the future of GodSpace and God’s direction for us.
  • Pray for the whole GodSpace team, editor, writers, musicians, graphic artists that they keep the focus of being relevant, bible-based, relational and engaging.
  • Give thanks for the writers and their creativity, their common sense and their passion to see kids know God and follow Jesus. Pray for the writers own kids groups and classes.
  • Praise God with us for great training days being held around NSW and Qld and for the enthusiasm with which coordinators and teachers shared ideas and solutions.
Classroom games

Classroom Games are included in GodSpace lessons. Games can serve many important purposes like building relationships, getting to know children’s strengths and weaknesses, providing discussion starters, refocusing attention, creating interest and giving an experience of a concept the children will not grasp with words alone. Enjoy games and activities as part of your time together and children will learn much better.

Stand for True/Sit for False

Read out these statements one at a time. Everyone needs to listen closely to hear them and doing something quick and active together helps to refocus the group when necessary. It also helps underline the fact that there is such a thing as truth.

  • A giraffe can clean its ears with its 53cm tongue. (T)
  • One quarter of the bones in your body are in your feet. (T)
  • Your nose smells best when you are about 10 years old. (T)
  • Australia is a major exporter of camels. (T)
  • Whales can swim backwards. (F)
  • The koala is found in every state of Australia (F)
  • Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails. (T)

Mouse and Cheese

This is a ‘guess the word’ game like hangman. Start by drawing a flight of steps with a mouse on the bottom and a block of cheese on the top. Every time a letter is guessed that isn’t in the chosen word, draw a line up to the next step to indicate that the mouse is moving closer to the cheese. The group has to guess the word before the mouse reaches the cheese

Getting to Know you Activities

Non Readers: My Name Is…

Ask the children to think of a favourite thing, then take it in turns to say what it is, (“My name is  (Sam) and I have an electronic dump truck”) The rest of the group repeats ” He is Sam and he has an electronic dump truck.” The next person says the previous ones before announcing their own. “He is Sam and he has an electronic dump truck . I am (Julia). I have a book about angels.” Others can help out a child who struggles to remember. You might like to write down what each child says to review later.

Youngest children: This Person do This

Explain that you will say an action and then call some names. Those whose name you call have to quickly do the action, then sit and fold their hands back in their lap. When you say “everybody” everyone, has to do it.’

Announce actions (like wave your arms, run to the door, quack like a duck) with individuals’ names, interspersed with ‘everybody’ actions.

Finish with ‘Whisper “the end” – Everybody’.

Youngest Children: Do This…

Have a list of the children’s names. Call out the names one at a time and as you call a name the child has to stand and do a designated activity (eg. tap Susie on the shoulder, point to something starting with ‘T’ or stand on one leg.)

Older Children: Which Ones are Right?

Tell the children three interesting things about yourself, two true, one false. Let them guess which ones are true.

Then ask the children to write three things about themselves, two that are true and one that is false. The children introduce themsleves in turn reading their three things for the rest of the class to guess which two are true. Don’t let it go on too long. It’s a game you can do any time.

Variation Put all the papers in a box. Draw out one at a time and have the class guess who it refers to.

(If the group is a large one, don’t let this go on too long. You can always give those who missed out a turn next time.)

What’s your name?

Equipment needed:
Room to sit the group in a circle
A ball that will roll smoothly
Children sit in a circle with legs outstretched.
They roll a ball to each other and do one of the following:
1. As they pass the ball round/across the circle they say their name.
2. As the ball comes to the child they call out their own name.
3. If they know each other have them say the name of the person they are
rolling the ball too.

Variation:
As the children are seated in a circle every so often the leader calls out two names and those children change places. The others can clap a walk rhythm.
Want to get to know a bit more about the children – try this:
Object is to get them to make choices – though it’s OK to be in the middle.
Don’t explain what you are expecting them to choose – let them determine how to choose for themselves.
No need to highlight anyone but it can add to exercise to ask some occasionally why they chose what they did.

What’s your preference?

Equipment needed:
Room to move in a room – though could be done sitting sitting/standing or showing of a colour card e.g. red/blue etc
List of choices
Say: I’m going to read out some preferences/choices and I want you to go to this side of the room (point accordingly) if you would choose ‘A’ or this side
(point accordingly) if you choose ‘B’
Suggested preferences to choose from – don’t use them all at once (by all means add your own and/or adapt for the age group). Remember don’t explain what you mean by any of them

‘A’                                          ‘B’
chocolate                                 vanilla
swimming                              running
active                                    being still
reading for yourself         being read to
early morning                    late at night
listening                                  talking
X-box                                   play station
pen and paper                     computer
school                                     holiday
home                                        away
Australia                               Overseas
cat                                             dog
sweet                                        sour
bike                                           walk
scooter                                skateboard
city                                          country
alone                                       crowd
pie                                           hot dog
young                                       old
faith                                        doubt

Inspiring books and training

Below is a list of books and training resources for SRE/CRI teachers.

Too Small To Ignore: Why the least of these matters most

by Dr Wes Stafford

The leader of Compassion International shares his inspiring boyhood adventures growing up in an African village and challenges us all to change the world one child at a time.

Children and the Gospel

by Ron Buckland

This book is for the theologically inclined and gives a careful, comprehensive theological underpinning of ministry with children

Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions

by George Barna

This book is based on sound research and will inspire you to aim higher in ministry with children while at the same time equipping you to explain to others why children’s ministry is so important.

Hotshots: What I wanna know

by Scripture Union

The main questions kids ask with answers from the Bible. Written for 8-12 year olds.